Who we are:
The Ostomy Association, Boise Chapter, is a volunteer-based non-profit support group dedicated to providing emotional support and reassurance to anyone who has, or will have, an intestinal or urinary diversion. Our group welcomes ostomates, family, friends, and care givers.
What we do:
As an Ostomy support group, we offer moral and educational support to those who are facing or have had ostomy surgery. It is perfectly normal to have fear, anxiety, and concern for your new lifestyle. We offer support through bi-monthly meetings and newsletters. We also offer an Ostomy visitor’s program (with your consent) to have a fellow ostomate visit you prior to, or post-surgery.
Where we meet:
St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center
520 S. Eagle Rd
Meridian, ID 83642 (see map)
When we meet:
We meet bi-monthly, at 7:15 PM, on the 4th Monday of that month, in a conference room located on the lower level of the medical center.
Advisory Board – Boise Chapter:
Julie Olson, Clinical Advisor, Ph. 208-381-6141
Virginia Schumacher, Treasurer, Ph. 208-841-6944 – Please contact with questions on meetings, visitor program, etc.
Lyric Smith, Newsletter, (questions, concerns or newsletter submissions), Ph 208-385-3547
Local Ostomy Nurses
St. Luke’s Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Department:
Julie Olson, BSN RN cWOCN
Amber Lords, BSN RN cWOCN
Jessica Blakeslee, BSN RN cWOCN
Irene Pearson RN WCC OMS
Leslie Delong, RN cWOCN
Lyric Smith, BSN RN cWOCN cFNC
St. Alphonsus Wound Ostomy:
Jessica Binder, BSN RN cWOCN cFCN
Jessica Erickson, BSN RN
JoAnn Armstrong, BSN RN cWON
West Valley Wound Ostomy:
Sarah Agenbroad, RN cWOCN
United Ostomy Associations of America
P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525
Call us toll-free at: 1-800-826-0826.
Our Information Line hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm (Wednesday until 2pm) EST. If you have an emergency, please dial 911 or contact your local medical professional.
Please understand that UOAA is a private, nonprofit, advocacy and informational organization. We are not a medical facility and we do not have medical or legal professionals on staff. Therefore, UOAA does not provide Medical, Mental Health, Insurance or Legal Advice.
UOAA is the leading organization proactively advocating on behalf of the ostomy community. Recognizing that we are always stronger together, we encourage everyone to get involved by joining our Advocacy Network. We’ve also created several Advocacy Tools and Resources to help you successfully advocate on behalf of the ostomy community to ensure every ostomate receives quality care.
- New Changes to CDC Guidelines Should Protect Medication for Ostomy Output UsesDecember 5, 2022 - 12:30 pm
- Destined to Love, Ostomates by ChanceNovember 16, 2022 - 8:47 pm
- Ostomy Surgery Saved Matthew Perry’s Life. It’s Time to Stop the Stigmas.October 20, 2022 - 10:35 pm
- Best-in-Practice Care for Ostomy PatientsOctober 11, 2022 - 1:17 pm
- Diet and Digestion with an OstomyOctober 6, 2022 - 12:35 pm
UOAA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.